Efforts to try and secure dinner reservations at Teppei had been futile so far and I have since given up. I figured from a few friends' reviews that Teppei's omakase is simply super value for money and great fun with Teppei-san's personality. But food wise, nothing too spectacular.
But I wanted to try the chirashi-don though and was glad when Hanare came about because the most instagrammed (in my view :) chirashi-don now could be had without a queue!
The chirashi was brimming to the top with fresh mixed sashimi. I loved that there were loads of my favourite hamachi and salmon belly. But what I didn't like was the chopped spring onions that were too sharp in flavour and killed the taste buds for tasting the fish properly. Additionally, the rice that night was a little gummy and not seasoned sufficiently (i.e. tasted like gummy, white rice). The only advantage to that is that I didn't need to stop myself from devouring all the rice :). But the bottle of tasty furikake did help somewhat :)
The anago box meal was steaming hot and generous. I love that the rice below had been seasoned and bits of chopped anago and egg mixed in for more flavour in each bite.
A simple conclusion that Hanare offers extremely good value home-style Japanese cooking and no frills. I would come back for the chirashi (just hold the spring onions) or buffet if the daily meal calls out to me.
99B Tanjong Pagar Road
Monday - Saturday